What Happened in July 1938

Historical Events

  • Jul 1 58th Wimbledon Men's Tennis: Don Budge beats Henry Austin (61 60 63)
  • Jul 1 The South African Press Association (SAPA) is established as a non-governmental institution by South Africa's major newspapers to facilitate the sharing of news, both national and international
  • Jul 2 51st Wimbledon Women's Tennis: Helen Moody beats Helen Jacobs (6-4 6-0)

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Jul 3 President Franklin Roosevelt dedicates the Eternal Light Peace Memorial and lights the eternal flame at Gettysburg Battlefield.

32nd US President Franklin D. Roosevelt
32nd US President
Franklin D. Roosevelt
  • Jul 4 1st game at Shribe Park, Phila; Braves beat Phillies 10-5
  • Jul 4 France-Turkish friendship treaty
  • Jul 5 Herb Caen's 1st column in SF Chronicle
  • Jul 6 6th All Star Baseball Game: NL wins 4-1 at Crosley Field, Cincinnati
  • Jul 8 Would be start of England v Australia Test Cricket at Old Trafford Washout
  • Jul 8 73rd British Golf Open: Reg Whitcombe shoots a 295 at Royal St George's Golf Club
  • Jul 10 "Yankee Clipper" completes 1st passenger flight over Atlantic

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Jul 10 Howard Hughes flies around the world in 91 hours

Aviator and Businessman Howard Hughes
Aviator and Businessman
Howard Hughes
  • Jul 13 Kroller-Muller museum opens in Holland

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Jul 14 Benito Mussolini publishes anti-Jewish/African manifesto

Italian Dictator Benito Mussolini
Italian Dictator
Benito Mussolini
  • Jul 15 Arthur Fagg completes 244 & 202 in the same cricket game for Kent
  • Jul 16 21st PGA Championship: Paul Runyan at Shawnee CC Shawnee-on-Del Pa
  • Jul 17 Douglas (Wrong Way) Corrigan leaves NY for LA, wound up in Ireland
  • Jul 18 Douglas "Wrong Way" Corrigan arrives in Ireland-left NY for Calif
  • Jul 20 Finland awarded 1940 Olympic games after Japan withdraws
  • Jul 21 Paul Hindemith & Leonide Massines ballet premieres in London

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Jul 23 Bradman scores 103 in 178 mins on a Headingley sticky, 3rd Test

Cricket Legend Donald Bradman
Cricket Legend
Donald Bradman
  • Jul 25 Jewish artisans not allowed in Germany
  • Jul 25 Revolutionary offensive of Ebro Spain (Hollander Piet)
  • Jul 26 1st radio broadcast of "Young Widder Brown" on NBC
  • Jul 28 34,000-ton Cunard-White Star liner Mauretania launched at Birkenhead
  • Jul 28 Bradman scores 202 Aust v Somerset, 225 mins, 32 fours
  • Jul 29 Comic strip "Dennis the Menace," 1st appears
  • Jul 29 Olympic National Park forms
  • Jul 30 Gen Metaxas names himself premier of Greece
  • Jul 31 NY Yanks suspend Jake Powell, after he said on Chicago radio he'd "hit every colored person in Chicago over head with a club"
  • Jul 31 Archaeologists discover engraved gold and silver plates from King Darius in Persepolis.
  • Jul 31 32nd Tour de France won by Gino Bartali of Italy

Famous Birthdays

  • Jul 1 Chester Watson, West Indian cricket fast bowler (early 60s)
  • Jul 1 Don Pavletich, baseball player
  • Jul 1 Craig Anderson, baseball player
  • Jul 3 David Gandolfo, horse trainer
  • Jul 3 Shin Geum Dan, North Korea, 400m/800m runner (1962 world record)
  • Jul 4 Bill Withers, Slab Fork WV, rhythm & blues singer (Lean on Me)
  • Jul 4 Cyril Mitchley, cricket wicket-keeper (Transvaal, later Test umpire)
  • Jul 5 Stanley Joel Silverman, composer
  • Jul 6 Franco, Zaire, composer/guitarist/leader (Masumbuku)
  • Jul 8 Marian Ackerman, women's rights advocacy administrator
  • Jul 9 Brian Dennehy, Ct, actor (Check is in the Mail, F/X, Cocoon, Ants)
  • Jul 9 Paul Seiko Chihara, US/Japanese composer, born in Seattle, Washington
  • Jul 10 Paul Andreu, French architect
  • Jul 10 Lee Morgan, American hard-bop trumpeter
  • Jul 11 Terry Garthwaite, US guitarist/singer (Joy of Cooking)
  • Jul 12 Mickey Stratton, Meriden Ct, softball catcher (Hall of Fame 1969)
  • Jul 12 Ron Fairly, American baseball player
  • Jul 12 Wieger Mensonides, Dutch swimmer
  • Jul 12 Eiko Ishioka, Costume Designer (Academy Award, Bram Stoker’s Dracula), born in Tokyo, Japan (d. 2012)
  • Jul 14 Bob Scholl, rocker (Mellow Kings)
  • Jul 14 Jerry Rubin, activist (Chicago 7)/stockbroker
  • Jul 15 Carmen Callil, publisher
  • Jul 15 Enrique Figuerola Camue, Cuba, 100m runner (Olympic silver 1964)
  • Jul 16 Thorkell Sigurbjornsson, composer
  • Jul 16 Tony Jackson, English bass player (The Searchers) (d. 2003)
  • Jul 17 Stan Bronstein, rocker
  • Jul 18 Britt Leach, Gadsen Ala, actor (Mickey-Spencer's Pilots)
  • Jul 18 Dudu Pukwana, [Mtutuzel], South African/British saxophonist/composer
  • Jul 18 Paul Verhoeven, Dutch film director (Basic Instinct, Total Recall), born in Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • Jul 18 Ian Stewart, Scottish pianist (d. 1985)
  • Jul 18 John Connelly, St Helens, Lancashire, footballer (20 English caps), (d. 2012)
  • Jul 19 Jayant Narlikar, Indian astrophysicist
  • Jul 19 Nicholas Bethell, British historian (d. 2007)
  • Jul 20 Diana Rigg, Doncaster England, actress (Emma Peel-Avengers, Hospital)
  • Jul 20 Jo Ann Campbell, Lawrence Welk's champagne lady, born in Jacksonville, Florida
  • Jul 20 Natalie Wood, [Natasha Gurdin], SF, (Gypsy, Rebel Without a Cause)
  • Jul 20 Roger Hunt, English footballer
  • Jul 21 Anton Emil Kuerti, composer
  • Jul 21 Janet Reno, first woman US Attorney General (1993-2001), born in Miami, Florida (d. 2016)
  • Jul 21 Les Aspin, (Rep-D-Wisc, 1971-93)/Minister of Defense (1993-94)
  • Jul 22 Terence Stamp, English actor (The Collector, Billy Budd), born in London, England
  • Jul 23 Ronny Cox, Cloudcroft Mass, actor (St Elsewhere)
  • Jul 23 Götz George, German actor
  • Jul 23 Charles Harrelson, American organized crime figure, born in Lovelady, Texas (d. 2007)
  • Jul 24 Colin Southgate, CEO (Thorn EMI)
  • Jul 24 John Sparling, NZ cricket all-rounder (11 Tests 1958-64)
  • Jul 24 Mike Mainieri, American vibraphonist (Steps Ahead), born in the Bronx, New York
  • Jul 24 Eugene J. Martin, American painter, artist
  • Jul 26 Keith Peters, physician
  • Jul 26 Bobby Hebb, American country singer and songwriter (Sunny), born in Nashville, Tennessee (d. 2010)
  • Jul 27 Shirley Anne Field, England, actress (Alfie, War Lover) [or Jun 27]
  • Jul 27 Isabelle Aubret, French singer
  • Jul 27 Gary Gygax, American role-playing game creator (d. 2008)
  • Jul 28 George Cummings, rocker (Dr Hook & Medicine Show)
  • Jul 28 Luis Aragonés, Spanish football manager, born in Hortaleza, Madrid (d. 2014)
  • Jul 28 Robert Hughes, Australian art critic and writer (Barcelona), born in Sydney, New South Wales (d. 2012)

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Jul 28 Alberto Fujimori, President of Peru (1990-2000), born in Lima, Peru

President of Peru Alberto Fujimori
President of Peru
Alberto Fujimori

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Jul 29 Peter Jennings, news anchor (ABC Evening News), born in Toronto, Ontario

Journalist and T.V. News Anchor Peter Jennings
Journalist and T.V. News Anchor
Peter Jennings
  • Jul 29 Jean Rochon, Quebec politician
  • Jul 30 Vayachselav Ivanenko, USSR, 50K walker (Olympic gold 1988)
  • Jul 30 Hervé de Charette, French politician

Famous Weddings


HeartWedding of Interest

Jul 18 Physicist and Nobel laureate John Bardeen (30) weds Jane Maxwell

Physicist and Electrical Engineer John Bardeen
Physicist and Electrical Engineer
John Bardeen

Famous Divorces


Broken heartDivorce of Interest

Jul 19 Actor Burgess Meredith (30) divorces actress Margaret Perry (25) after 2 years of marriage


Famous Deaths

  • Jul 4 Otto Bauer, Austrian Social Democrat, dies at 56
  • Jul 4 Suzanne Lenglen, 6 time Wimbledon champ, dies at 39 of anemia
  • Jul 5 John McIlwraith, cricketer (Tests for Australia), dies
  • Jul 9 Benjamin Cardozo, American jurist (b. 1870)
  • Jul 14 Robert Poore, cricketer (3 Tests for South Africa in 1895-96 series), dies
  • Jul 18 Vladimir M Kirshon, Russian playwright, executed at 35
  • Jul 21 Owen Wister, American author (b. 1860)
  • Jul 29 Nikolai Krylenko, Russian/Soviet jurist and politician (b. 1885)